Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

LSE Sociology Statement of Principle on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The diversity of our students, faculty, and staff is a key source of our strength and dynamism as a place of teaching, learning, and research.

LSE Sociology is a diverse community comprised of individuals with many perspectives, experiences and identities. We recognise that to create an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community, we must seek to understand and value both our individual differences and our common ground. LSE Sociology is committed to creating an environment where differences of views, experiences and backgrounds are not just respected, but valued and celebrated. The diversity of our students, faculty, and staff is a key source of our strength and dynamism as a place of teaching, learning, and research. Everyone who participates in the life of the department brings their unique background, experiences, personality, and perspectives, which can work to enrich our collective endeavours.

As a department, we affirm the dignity inherent in all of us and we strive to maintain a climate of equity and justice demonstrated by respect for one another. We acknowledge that our society carries within it historical and deep-rooted injustices and biases. We are committed to combatting unlawful discrimination, incitement to hatred and incitement to violence. We seek to confront all manifestations of unlawful discrimination, including those based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, age, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, citizenship status, religious affiliation, and socio-economic class. We endeavour to foster mutual understanding and respect among the many parts of our whole.

We value the universal right of freedom of expression and the widest academic freedom to teach and research within our community, including teaching and research in areas that are unconventional, heterodox, experimental or which may contest and challenge existing academic or social thinking. We recognise that rights and viewpoints can be in conflict and that respectful recognition of differing viewpoints is healthy for a democratic society and for academic freedom, including the right to respectfully disagree. We affirm our commitment to respectful non-violent exchange and the highest standards of conduct and decency towards all. We promote open expression of our individuality and our diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity and respect.

We seek to create and maintain the conditions under which all students can succeed. We value curriculums that allow students to see a diversity of experiences from across the world and from different societies, viewpoints and historical periods reflected in our courses, as well as pedagogies that reach students with different learning styles and needs.

We seek to provide a work and study environment free from harassment, bullying, bigotry, disrespect, and discrimination. All students and staff should feel welcome and supported.

We recognise that each of us has an obligation to the LSE Sociology Department of which we have chosen to be a part. We will strive to build and maintain a culture and climate based on mutual respect.